Best Wood Router

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Best Wood Router News:

Best Rated Wood Router Reviews 2013 | Gather

When you want exact precision and perfect holes across a wide range of materials, you really need the abilities of an actual drill press. Read more …

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Best Woodworking Routers, Basic and CNC Wood Routers

What you need to know about basic and CNC wood routers to buy the right machine and maximize its usefulness in your woodworking applications.

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Best Rated Wood Router Reviews 2013 | Gather

When you want exact precision and perfect holes across a wide range of materials, you really need the abilities of an actual drill press. Read more …

Original Source: http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981670694

Wood routers: online source for router info, router bits, wood …

Cut through the hype surrounding wood routers and learn what really counts when picking the best machine for the way YOU work.

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Best Woodworking Routers, Basic and CNC Wood Routers

What you need to know about basic and CNC wood routers to buy the right machine and maximize its usefulness in your woodworking applications.

Original Source: http://bestwoodworkingrouters.com/


Wood Routers : How to Make Router Templates

Router templates can be very simple to make, and a quarter-inch hardboard can be used and sanded to make a crisp, clean and smooth template. Learn about maki…


Q&A:

Ray B asked Can a wood router, with suitable bit and jig, remove a layer of rust from my cast iron drill press table?

The important thing is that the drill press table remain absolutely flat, so I envisage a jig using two parallel steel bars, which support the router, and between which the router can also move from side to side to cover the entire surface. What type of bit/cutter is required for a router with an 8mm collet. THANKS!!!!

And got the following answer:

Would’nt use a router as a way to “mill” the table surface .
Have an unheated garage workshop & rust is a problem.
I use a sanding disc w/ scotchbrite pads instead of paper.
They do not “cut” the metal & just scrub surface rust off.
Been doing it for years & no problem w/ keeping tool surfaces true.
I use them dry & then coat the cast table surfaces w/ pastewax to protect the raw metal between uses.
Found it to be better than coating w/ oil or silicone spray .
Best regards

Sweet! asked What is a good quality wood working router?

I want to get my husband a good quality router but don’t know how to pick one out. Any tips or good quality brand suggestions would be helpful. Also what kind of accessories should I buy for him for the router? Thank you

And got the following answer:

a porter cable brand,
get a plunge router, with a set of Straight bits & round overs

Charmed8785 asked How can I remove the center panel of cabinet?

I want to replace the center panel of my kitchen cabinets with glass. How do I remove the center panel? And is there anyway of doing it WITHOUT a wood router?

And got the following answer:

Depending on the style and construction of your existing doors, this can be a big job or a really big job because at the minimum you will need a router and a way to make jigs to provide a surface for router bearings to ride on. A table saw would also be a possible method of cutting out the holes, but you’ll still need a router to provide the dado in which to place the glass. Speaking of which, you’re going to need glass in addition to a method of neatly attaching it to the doors. And if your doors are particle board or MDF (medium density fiberboard), you’ll have to attach something to the edges of the hole to cover the core. It’s a fairly straightforward process, but not one to be entered into lightly.

A question, though? How old are your cabinets? More specifically, how old are the doors? It might be easier and cheaper to simply order new doors from an online cabinet supplier. Put “Glass Cabinet Doors” in your search engine and you’ll find a bunch of reputable vendors that can provide you with professionally manufactured and finished doors for a reasonable price. It’s something to consider, especially if your existing doors are old, scratched, or otherwise damaged.

If you want, you can click on my dopey picture and email me a picture of one of the doors and I’ll try to give you more specific recommendations. You could also take one off the cabinet and bring it to a local cabinet shop for a free estimate or simply ask for an in-home estimate from a home center kitchen department. Some home centers also will sell you just the doors, so it might be worth investigating that, too.

I hope I haven’t crushed your dreams, or ruined your big plans to update your kitchen. It also might be worth asking people with glass cabinet doors if they like them, or find them to be too revealing. The actual woodworking is fairly simple, but it still takes a fair amount of time and experience, as well as time to reapply finish and rehang the things. Good luck, and don’t be afraid to ask local woodworkers for help or recommendations.

Kipster asked How do you know your wood router will work with a particular router table?

If ordering online or you don’t want to drag your wood router into the store, how do you know the holes in your router base plate will match up with the holes in the router table?

And got the following answer:

look on line for a compatibility list. However, you can fabricate a your own or buy a universal face plate. Rockler has a few face plates to choose from.

brent asked Does anybody know of a good way to mount drill bits safely in a wood router?

I just need to make a router use drill bits. Are there any products on the market that facilitate this?

And got the following answer:

Drill bits work poorly at router speeds. They’re designed to advance into the material by a full chip width each turn and a router spins them in the hole without advancing yielding clogs and overheating. That said, you can buy drills with standard and reduced shanks to fit your collet at machine shop suppliers.

kflakes15 asked Can a wood router also be used on foam board like foam insulation board?

I would like to know if a wood router could be used to cut foam insulation board. I need to make a indent that a router does on wood on foam
the Styrofoam i am using is pink without the balls like a Styrofoam cup. Just solid foam. I am also looking to carve out the middle of the object i am working on about a inch deep. From what i am seeing this is possible.
the whole project is 3 inches thick and like i said before i need to cut into that about an inch

And got the following answer:

i don’t see why not. i would guess that the higher the density the better result.

zippo asked What is a good kind of wood router to use?

I’m looking to purchase a router for my workshop. I won’t use it often but when I do use it I want good results. I’m also looking at purchasing a router table. Any suggestions from whet to buy or what not to buy are appreciated. Thanks in advance for your reply.

And got the following answer:

Don’t waste money on a average router. Go with a high quality, plunge router, with good horsepower. I also have a wood shop, and I started with a fixed base router, that limited me with alot of projects. The following is the router that I bought, and the one that I would recommend.

Porter-Cable
Model 895PK
Soft-starting, 12-amp motor featuring full-time electronic feedback (10,000 – 23,000 RPM)
Motor transitions quickly between fixed base (included), plunge base (included), and traditional spiral down bases (690 series)
Release the motor, adjust bit height, and clamp the motor from above the router table with Router Table Height Adjuster #75301 kit (included)
Dual-position on/off switch with automatic bit-changing lock-“off”
Macro-height lever for coarse adjustments and tool-less motor release
Fine depth settings to 1/128″ with micro-adjustment knob
Plunge base features thumb rotating stop turret, brass bushings, finger adjustable micro-depth stop, and through the base dust collection
Standard Equipment: Includes router motor #8902, base #8901, base #8931, 1/4″ collet #42999, 1/2″ collet #42950, collet wrench #42596, height adjuster #75301, two carrying cases and operating manual.